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Trump’s Advice to Cops for Dealing with ‘Thugs’ Upsets NAACP

President Donald Trump came to Long Island Friday to vow that his administration will crack down on gang activity, particularly the Central America-based gang MS-13.

Along the way, Trump made it clear which side he was on in the struggles between police and lawbreakers.

Trump told police that officers are often nice to suspects than the suspects deserve.

“When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddywagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, ‘Please, don’t be too nice,” Trump said.

Said more on the subject.

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody. Don’t hit their head? I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” Trump said.

The uniformed police officers standing behind Trump applauded. Some smiled and even laughed when Trump turned to face them after making his off-the-script remarks.

When the media started asking questioned, the Suffolk County Police Department gave a very by-the-book response.

“The Suffolk County Police Department has strict rules and procedures relating to the handling of prisoners, and violations of those rules and procedures are treated extremely seriously. As a department, we do not and will not tolerate ‘rough’ up prisoners,” it said in a statement.

The NAACP attacked Trump’s aside.

Trump’s comments “encouraging police officers to disregard the safety of individuals in their custody rises to a new level of danger,” said Janai Nelson, the associate director-counsel NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

“We need law enforcement who do not share the Trump Administration’s outdated and unlawful views to promote protecting the rights and safety of all Americans by condemning those who condone impunity among law enforcement,” Nelson said.

During his speech, Trump said that the hands of police are often tied by politicians.

“I’ve met police that are great police that aren’t allowed to do their job because they have a pathetic mayor or a mayor who doesn’t know what’s going on,” he said to applause. “Were you applauding for someone in particular? It’s sad. It’s sad. You look at what’s happening, it’s sad.

“But hopefully — certainly in the country, those days are over. You may have a little bit longer to wait. But from now on, we’re going to enforce our laws, protect our borders and support our police like our police have never been supported before. We’re going to support you like you’ve never been supported before.”

Trump also related an anecdote from his campaign about a conversation he had with a Chicago police officer.

“I said, ‘How long would it take you to straighten out this problem?’ He said, ‘If you gave me the authority, a couple of days,’” Trump recalled.

“I said, ‘You really think so?’”

“He said, ‘A couple of days. We know all the bad ones. We know them all,’” the president said.

“I said, ‘You got to be kidding.’ Now, this is a year and a half ago. I said, ‘Give me your card.’ And he gave me a card. And I sent it to the mayor. I said, ‘You ought to try using this guy.’ Guess what happened? Never heard,” Trump said.